CHRISTENSEN, Dr. Gustav S. - Thursday, 09 Aug 2007
April 1, 1929 - August 9, 2007
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Gustav Stroem Christensen. Born April 1, 1929 on the small island of Laesoe, Denmark, he was the second youngest of 9 children. From a tiny schoolhouse, “Gus” went on to a successful Danish merchant marine career, followed by 27 years tenure as Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 1957 he won the Engineering Institute of Canada’s prize as well as the Henry Birks Gold Medal in Engineering, graduating with High Distinction. Professor Christensen obtained a B. Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1958 followed by a M. A. Sc. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 1960. After having spent 3 years in Canadian industry, he subsequently obtained his Ph. D. in 1966 also in Electrical Engineering, from the University of British Columbia. Professor Christensen is widely published having written 145 scientific papers, co-authored 6 books and co-authored 4 chapters in 4 books.
Gus retired to the coastal climate of British Columbia in 1993 and settled in Mission. While in Mission he was a devoted volunteer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and its Abbotsford Family History Centre. Gus and his wife Penny wrote several books about their genealogy and shared this with their family. At the age of 75, Gus secured an adjunct professorship at Simon Fraser University and had research and graduate student responsibilities. In 2007 Gus published two important papers which revolutionized stability system theory and application, each improving upon a 120 year-old advanced mathematical technique. He was honored with a special award from Mission Mayor and Council and Gus’ work will be used by scientists in many fields to improve the world.
Gus was a kind man, loving life, family and travel. Our “Dadman” enjoyed helping people and always had a warm smile to offer. Gus’s health had deteriorated over the years but he valiantly pushed ahead through the challenges, always keeping family, friends, church and engineering in the forefront of his life and thoughts. Some of his favorite times included cozy family gatherings, traveling with his kids, and solving complex mathematical problems. Over the past little while he did reminisce about his life and was pleased to see his life’s work complete, find his children grown and settled, and enjoy the close relationship he and his wife shared with their Church.
Gus is sadly mourned by his beloved wife Penelope, daughter Lynne, son Neil, brother Carl and family, brother Teddy and family, sister Erna and family, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and engineering associates.
Special thanks to Dr. John Rees, Dr. Greg Lewis, numerous other doctors, as well as staff at Mission Memorial Hospital and MSA Abbotsford Hospital for their help with Gus’ medical care.
A memorial service will be held at 3 pm, Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Abbotsford Stake Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 30635 Blueridge Drive, Abbotsford, BC V2T 5W3. Flowers or donations in Gus’ memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
FENN, David Morris - Thursday, 09 Aug 2007
Sept. 16, 1939 – Aug. 9, 2007
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, David. He lived his life with an incredible devotion to his family, his friends and his work life. David was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1939, the second of four children to Jim and Betty Fenn. David had a life long affection for all things mechanical. He owned a B/A gas station at the corner of Pembina and Osbourn in the 60s. In 1974, David moved his young family to Calgary to embark on a career in the bearing and transmission business that would last 30 years. Life eventually moved David and his cherished wife, Maureen to Mission, B.C. for his autumn years and there he and Maureen rediscovered the joy in the simple things they found together. He finished his career with Friesen Electric doing a job he loved, helping others.
David will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Maureen; sons Bradley and Cameron and their wives Kay and Christina; siblings Jim, Sally and John and their families; grandchildren Stephanie, Jordan, Zachary and Max, as well as, his extended Gyles family and his many friends and business associates.
A celebration of David's life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 33077 – 2nd Ave, Mission B.C. on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11:00 AM.
SCHROEDER, Mr. Henry Peter - Wednesday, 08 Aug 2007
Mr. Henry Peter Schroeder, late of Menno Pavilion, Abbotsford, B.C., passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at the age of 93. He is survived by his daughter Anita (David), granddaughter Kristin, grandson Kelly (Denni) and great granddaughter Madison.
Please join us for visitation on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 from 6 - 8 p. m. at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford.
A celebration of Henry’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 2:30 p. m. at Bakerview MB Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, with pastor Ray Harris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, P. O. Box 2038, Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 3T8.
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WIKKERINK, Mrs. Gerritje (Gerrie) - Wednesday, 08 Aug 2007
Sept. 10, 1926 - Aug. 8, 2007
Mrs. Gerritje (Gerrie) Wikkerink, late of Abbotsford, BC, passed into the presence of her Lord on Aug. 8, 2007 at the Ebenezer Home. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John; seven children: John and Margaret Wikkerink, Martin and Glenda Wikkerink, Jenny DeJong, Gary and Kathy Wikkerink, Bill Wikkerink, Wilma Wikkerink, Andy and Betty-Ann Wikkerink; 19 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and extended family. She was predeceased by their son Henry in 2003 and son-in-law George DeJong, Aug. 2, 2007.
Viewing will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford, Aug. 12, 7-9 pm. Burial is at 12:30 pm, Aug. 13 at Hazelwood Cemetery followed by a service at 2 pm at Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church, 35063 Page Rd., Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations would be gratefully accepted for Ebenezer Home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ebenezer Home for their loving care and support, especially during the last weeks of Gerrie's life.
DUDECK, June Evelyn (Elliott, nee Kidd) - Tuesday, 07 Aug 2007
Jan. 10, 1927 - Aug. 7, 2007
With our love, Mum passed away unexpectedly. Predeceased by husband Alf. She is missed by her beloved family - Cheryl and Sander Heynemans, Wayne and Anne Elliott, her cherished grandsons, Darren and Danielle Elliott, Kevin Elliott, Paul Heynemans and her delightful great granddaughter, Teagan.
A heartfelt thank you to other family members, neighbours and all her friends whose presence she so valued. She will be remembered for her unconditional love and support, her smile, laughter and happy, positive spirit.
Many thanks to staff of MSA, Worthington, and Burnaby Hospital for her excellent care.
A celebration of Life will be held at a later date in place of a service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. please. PO Box 3632 STN Terminal, Vancouver, V6B 3Y8
Go with love Mum, and watch over us!
ALSOP, Mrs. Neta Isabel - Monday, 06 Aug 2007
Mrs. Neta Isabel Alsop, late of Abbotsford, passed away on August 6, 2007 at the age of 79 years at Menno Hospital, Abbotsford, BC. She is survived by her husband, of 59 years, John; 6 children: Karen (Andy) Damen, Ken Alsop, Kiffy (Dick) McNabb, Tim Alsop, Kirk Alsop and Bruce Alsop; 7 grandchildren: Susan, Peter (Candace) and David Damen, Butch and Dickie McNabb, Lindsay Alsop, Kaja Alsop; and great grandchild Lara Damen.
She was a caring and loving mom and she will be sadly missed.
A small private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society. The family would like to thank the staff at Menno Home for their care and support.
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TARANGLE, Mr. Nick - Friday, 03 Aug 2007
Mr. Nick Tarangle, late of Abbotsford, BC, passed away on August 3, 2007 at the age of 91. He is survived by his children Lynda and (Dr. Mike) Weber, Harold Tarangle and Brenda Kotanko, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Pearl.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 1:00 p. m. from the Abbotsford Seventh Day Adventist church at 1921 Griffiths Road, Abbotsford, BC, with Pastor David Jamieson officiating.
Donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation in Nick’s memory
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STOBBE, Heather Arlene - Friday, 03 Aug 2007
June 29, 1958 - Aug. 3, 2007
Our dear sister, Heather passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of August 3, 2007 at her home in Abbotsford. She was 49 years old. Heather joins her parents, Jake and Bertha Stobbe, who went to Heaven before her. She leaves behind her brother, Les (Ruby), sister Sharon (Jim Black), brother Jim (Katherine), brother Dale (Esther), and her extended family. She will be sadly missed by her caregivers, Jesse and Eleanor Toews, who gave her a home for the last 19 years and loved her as their own. She will also be missed by her alternate caregivers, the staff of the MSA Society’s daycare programs, and many friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held on August 9, 2007 at 1:00 p. m. from Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford with burial to follow at Hazelwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MSA Society for Community Living.
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GASS (neé Olund), Kathleen Dorothy - Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007
Kathleen Dorothy Gass (neé Olund)
Nov. 21, 1922 – Aug. 14, 2007
Passed away peacefully at the Menno Hospital in Abbotsford in the early hours of August 14. Predeceased by her husband Michael Gass; her sisters Anna, Olive and Hazel; her brothers Edwin and Donald. A lifelong resident of Matsqui Prairie, Kathleen will be deeply missed by her loving children, Rita (and Gerry), Ken (and Marian), Nora (and Peter), Ron (and Jan) and Brenda; her grandchildren Jennifer, Brian, Cheryl, Michael, Edward and Miranda; her great-grandchildren Jesse and Courtney; as well as nephews, nieces and many friends and neighbours.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Menno Hospital for their warm and loving care.
A Funeral Service will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Rd., Abbotsford, on Tues., Aug. 21 at 1:00 p. m. with interment and reception to follow. (Viewing will be held on Mon. Aug. 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p. m. at Henderson’s.) An additional Memorial Service will be held at the Matsqui Lutheran Church, 5781 Riverside St., Abbotsford on Mon., Aug. 27 at 1:00 p. m.
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VAN STEENIS, Henk - Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007
July 2, 1934 - Aug. 14, 2007
Henk van Steenis, my beloved husband and our loving father, grandfather and great grand-
father of Abbotsford passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Henk was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1969. He started up his own upholstery business a few years later were he made many life long friends. He was well liked and respected by his family, friends and many customers. One of his passions was gardening, he loved his plants and many flowers, his second passion was his tuba which he loved to sit and play for anyone. His main passion in life was to spread the word of God.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Connie, of 50 years; son Eric (Linda); daughter Simone (Randall); grandchildren Kirtus (Julie), Tina (David), John, Clayton, Jesse and Olivia; great grandchildren, Jacob, Evah and Katie.
Viewing will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd. on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 from 7:30 to 9 pm. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at 11:00 am at the Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Bridges for Peace” organization.
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SOON, Yuen Hoy - Sunday, 12 Aug 2007
Yuen Hoy Soon died peacefully on August 12, 2007, surrounded by her family and loved ones at the age of 92 years. Strong, courageous, kind, and loving to the end, she exemplified dignity, courtesy, and respect. She will be greatly missed. Her late husband, Tim Quay Soon, predeceased her in 1985. Beloved mother of Stanley (Judith), William (Tammy) and Anne (Gordon); grandmother of Gordon, Kristin, and Meredith Soon, Michael, Karri, and Chelsie Soon, Steven and Jake McFarland; great-grandmother of Kacey Soon.
Thanks to Dr. J. Winner and the wonderful staff at Tabor Home for their excellent and compassionate care and support.
Memorial service in the chapel of Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street Burnaby at 12 noon, Friday, August 17 with interment to follow. If desired, donations to Tabor Home Society, 31944 Sunrise Cr., Abbotsford, BC, V2T 1N5, would be greatly appreciated.
FENNINGS, Helen Agnes "Nancy" - Saturday, 11 Aug 2007
Helen Agnes "Nancy"
July 10, 1906 - Aug. 11, 2007
Passed away in her 102nd year, in Abbotsford, B.C.
Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Dick, in 1986. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Ann (Harry) Olson; grandchildren, Michael (Julie) Olson, Jennifer (Erik) Salvage; great grandchildren, Emmaleigh, Naomi, Rebekah and Andrew.
Nancy was born and lived the first 74 years of her life in England. She and Dick moved to Abbotsford in 1980 to be near Ann and her family.
A Memorial Service will be held at MSA Manor on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 1:15 pm.
The family wishes to thank the Staff at MSA Manor for their loving care and devotion over the past 6 years.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to your favourite charity.